“The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose.”
One of the first steps in achieving success is productive self-discovery. On your road to ultimate prosperity, expect your will to be tested. If you aren’t strong in your morals and character, you won’t get far in any capacity. Sadly many people, especially in my generation, are walking around lost and without purpose. The lack of individuals becoming one with themselves is a major problem in society today.
Our chase for instant fame and gratification becomes a thorn in our side as time wears on. Many people are too quick to sell their souls for false prosperity. It takes true courage to be your own authentic self. Do you! However, how are you going to “do you” if you don’t know what you do? What makes you laugh? What makes you cry? What are your strength and weaknesses? Proper self-evaluation is the first step in unlocking the essence of what makes you unique.
Isn’t it about time that we have literature that documents this turbulent journey? Well, I’ve created such a novel in The Diary Of Aaliyah Anderson. Author Erella also crafted such a story in her novel The Flip Artist. Recently, I sat down to talk with her about it.
Randall: Was there a real life motivation behind your first fiction novel The Flip Artist?
Erella: Absolutely! The real life motivation behind The Flip Artist was a personal experience I had with being pursued by an aggressive stud when I lived in New York City. It was then that I became “aware” of the world of AG’s, that is, aggressive studs and the preponderance of lesbian relationships in our community.
Randall: Your character Dream is made out to be totally lost in the novel. What’s the meaning behind a character like her?
Erella: Dream is complicated. She is bi-racial, her parents are Irish Jamaican, and an African descended Maroon. They are staunchly Catholic, while still others practice Rastafarianism, and other religions. They are dysfunctional. There is alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence, illegal activities and cultural taboos being broken in her family. To top that off, she is an emerging adult who is just beginning to recognize her attraction to females and is confused about coming out and its implications for her relationship with her family. Dream represents young women who are grappling with their sexuality and gender while confronting the disapproval of family, community and culture.
Randall: What do you think is the main reason behind women converting to lesbianism?
Erella: One of the things that Dream discovers is that she is a twin. In the second part of the trilogy, it is revealed that something happened to him. Without giving away the plot, I will say that we are introduced to the age-old question of nature versus nurture as a dichotomy with her gender and sexuality. In addition to this, I believe that patriarchy, sexist oppression and women’s rejection of stereotypical, restrictive gender roles has contributed to the increasing number of women who are coming out and accepting or even experimenting with same-sex relationships.
Randall: What other projects do you have coming up?
Erella: As I indicated above, The Flip Artist is a trilogy so I am working on part 2 and part 3. I also have a fiction novella due out shortly entitled The Sick Bed – El Lecho de Enfermo. Finally, I am also doing research for a novel set in London in the early 1930’s.
Randall: By the time this article is published, it will be read by many young people. What is your message to them?
Erella: I would like to encourage young people to not be afraid to question and challenge the status quo. There is no cookie-cutter mold for everyone. It is okay to explore your identity. We all don’t learn who we are immediately. Sometimes it takes time to discover who you really are, what you want to become and what your personal beliefs are. So learn yourself, accept and be comfortable with your sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, culture and religious beliefs, even if they are not the same as everyone else’s. “Know thyself and to thine own self be true.”
Randall: Where can we find you?
Erella: You can find me on Facebook at Erella Still Dreamin, on Twitter @saphiralatina, on Instagram as Erella711 and you can email me at Erella711@yahoo.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest and support.
The cover to my novel, “The Diary of Aaliyah Anderson”. It’s coming in October!
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